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Changing lives one word at a time

Welcome!  Our Mission Statement:  Believing that literacy is the foundation for a sustainable community, Washtenaw Literacy provides literacy support, free of charge, to adults through a network of trained tutors. It is our vision to eliminate illiteracy in Washtenaw County.  For over 40 years we have been empowering adults through improved literacy. Since our founding in 1971, we have served over 20,000 learners and trained and fully supported over 10,000 volunteer tutors.  Learn more.

  • Free TUTORING for ADULTS of ALL AGES!  Free, flexible tutoring in basic reading, writing, math and English as a Second Language (ESL): Learn more.
  • Learners: We have so many learning opportunities for you throughout the community. Take a look at some of our featured programs below: 
    • Attend an ESL Open Tutoring session today.  See the schedule for locations and times, all are open to new learners: Click here for the Fall ESL Open Tutoring schedule.
    • Basic Literacy Learners: Attend a Basic Literacy Open Tutoring session today.
      • Click here for the Fall 2017 Basic Literacy Open Tutoring Schedule. 
        • For directions to the Community Opportunity Center, click here.
    • Learning Labs: Learning Labs are small tutoring groups based on a specific topic. Learners must register in advance. Learning labs can be different each semester, so check this page often to see new options! Registration opens in December for winter learning labs, April for spring/summer learning labs, and August for fall learning labs. Our current learning labs are: 
      • ESL Book Club: Books are current and past books recommended for book clubs. Readers should be at an intermediate or higher English reading level. Readers need to be committed to reading 15 - 30 pages a week on their own for discussion at the next meeting. Reading may be challenging, but all is discussed each week to help with understanding. Registration for the next session will be at the end of December.
  • Winter Weather Closures! Washtenaw Literacy ESL open tutoring groups are cancelled when Ann Arbor Public Schools close for inclement weather. The Community Opportunity Center Computer lab will close when Ypsilanti Community Schools close for inclement weather.

Meet Some of Washtenaw Literacy’s Learners 



Washtenaw Literacy will be honoring outgoing Development Director Vanessa Mayesky at a reception on November 19 at Kerrytown Concert House from 5:30 to 7.  Vanessa has been with Washtenaw Literacy for twelve years, at first as a VISTA volunteer.  She became the agency’s first Development Director in 1999.  In that role, Vanessa built a diversified and strong resource development foundation that included implementing the Benevon system of fundraising, overseeing the creation and implementation of World in a Basket, and developing a solid grant base. 

Vanessa will not be far from Washtenaw Literacy.  She will be the first full-time Coordinator for the new Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County.  Founded in 2007 by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, the Coalition’s 38 members include literacy agencies, educational institutions, businesses and individuals.  The charge of the Coalition is to implement the Blueprint to End Illiteracy.  Washtenaw Literacy is a founding member of the Coalition.